Richard Molloy wins this year’s Nick Darke Award with Every Day I Make Greatness Happen.
The announcement was made at an award ceremony on Saturday 11 November at our Academy of Music and Theatre Arts. The Award attracted over 950 entries internationally, and a shortlist of five plays was judged by a panel of top industry professionals from the world of script and screen: Jeremy Howe, Molly Dineen, Roger Michell, Margaret Matheson, Jon Plowman, Nina Raine and Nick Hern.
Nick Hern represented the judging panel on the night, commenting on the high standard of submissions, giving concise and witty synopses of the shortlisted plays and speaking warmly of working with Nick himself. Hern is a champion of new theatre writing in the UK and founder of Nick Hern Books, the London-based independent specialist publisher of plays, theatre books and screenplays. He commended the winning entry for its 'horribly convincing and authentic dialogue' a sentiment echoed by the entire panel who were unanimous in deciding the winner.
Molloy is a Dublin-born, London-based playwright, whose first play, The Separation, premiered in Dublin in 2014, and transferred to London in 2015 where it was nominated for an Off West End Theatre Award for 'Best New Play'. His second play, O Do Not Love Too Long, was shortlisted for the Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize 2015 and the Kings Cross Award 2016.